A brilliant rephotograph sent to me by reader Andy Johnson—
Same guy, same car, same location, but fifty years have passed. Amazing. The second photo was taken this month.
Thank you Andy!
Andy Johnson adds: "Many thanks for posting the photos Mike. I loved your Rephotography item and thought of these two photos. The original mid '60s photo was taken by Peter Ruffles, who has documented the places and characters of our town—Hertford, Herts, UK—for about 60 years. Morley Blake bought the car new and happened to be in the town when Peter was photographing the buildings being demolished to make way for a major new road which split the town in two. You can see some of these buildings in the background. Morley did some long camping trips in that car, taking it to Finland and even Russia where in some places it was the first sports car they had seen! After clocking up almost 300,000 miles the car was stored in a garage near us. The 1987 hurricane blew the roof off the garage but luckily the car was unharmed. Morley finally decided to get the car restored and found a local MG expert called Brian Brown who did a great job and I'm sure it now looks better than new. We had always planned to try to recreate Peter's original photo and recently we got to do it."
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JOHN GILLOOLY: "Love this!"
Peter Gilbert: "So the driver is all original, completely unrestored, some parts still working?? :-) "
R. Edelman: "When I initially glanced at the photographs, I was thinking the car was an MGB, and then I realized that it's a Midget. Three hundred thousand miles in an MG Midget? That is heroic, and should be recognized with a medal. How about the Croix de Roadster?"